Activities in and Around Begnas > Para-gliding
Regarded as the purest form of human flight, Paragliding uses elements of nature to fly for many hours at a time, and travel large distances. Modern versions of this simple aircraft weigh a scanty 10-12 Kilograms and fit into medium size rucksacks.

We organize paragliding for you using thorough professionals who have trained under and are sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) the international governing body for aero-sports.

Tandem Flight

The Tandem flight is for the absolute beginner who wants to get a taste of Paragliding while being safely flown by a professional pilot. Both the passenger and the pilot wear interconnected harnesses which are then connected to the ‘chute’. The flight typically begins with a foot-launch from Sarangkot and finishes at a field along the banks of the Fewa lake.

The passenger doesn’t have much to do besides enjoying the experience of gliding and taking pictures of the wonderful scenery. From Begnas we first go to Pokhara town, from here it is a short 20 min ride to Sarangkote (1592 m) which practically towers over Pokhara (800 m). This is where we take off from. The view of the Annapurna Range from here is stunning, and three peaks over 8,000 m can be seen up close. Dhaulagiri (8,176 m), Annapurna (8,091 m) and Manaslu (8,163 m). There are two basic kinds of Tandem flights to choose from.

The Cloud Buster

This is one of the shortest flights available with a duration of 20-30 minutes. The flight consists of a launch from Sarangkote, soaring with eagles and vultures on thermals as the heated air from Pokhara comes up Sarangkote and finally landing by the lakeside from where you will be picked up again.

Cross-Country

At approximately twice the flight-time (1 hour), the cross-country usually take you much farther afield into neighboring valleys. With cloud patterns and birds to guide you and help you exploit the thermals, the flight generally takes you north, towards the big mountains.

Courses

In Pokhara, we can organize for you three stages of flying courses for beginners. Following the Para-Pro syllabus which is specified Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). All the instructors are highly experienced professionals with all the required credentials. The courses we can offer are:

Beginner
Thermalling
Cross Country
Aerobatics